The portable classrooms that are used by three teachers have been used by this school for years now and no end date is in sight.
Portables are here because the school doesn’t have enough space for all the classes. The portables are located outside the school near the sidewalk leading up the Frost hill. Students who have to go to the portables for classes have to leave the school through the two doors near Rooms 148 and 149 and only can get back in through those doors. The teachers in the portables are Keith Yanity who teaches social studies and Alex Parker who teachers social studies. “Portables feel smaller than normal classrooms and more compacted. I don’t really like them because they are usually very far away from my other classes. It’s very cold to walk outside in the winter and the portables are usually way too hot and humid,” senior Viann Hung said.
The temperature in the portables changes often and sometimes students feel tired because the temperature is too hot, or don’t feel good because the temperature is too cold. “It was really cold in the portables until just recently like I think Mr. Parker said it was 41degrees, which was colder than outside,” sophomore Ines Zheng said.
The size is around the same as a classroom, but safety needs create hassles. “The windows are covered so we can’t see outside and now there’s locks and cards to make sure it’s safe. I’d much rather prefer a classroom than the portables and I really hate the doors,” Zheng said.
Going out to walk to portables is enjoyable for some students and they see no difference from being in a classroom compared to the portables. “They are the same as a regular classroom. I don’t think there’s anything significantly different. I actually think the portables should stay permanently because it’s nice to walk out,” sophomore Seunghyun Han said.
Although there is both love and hate for portables, portables are intended to be temporary. “When we rebuild we will get rid of portables, but things do change,” business administrator David Adams said.